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Suit: Juul founders sold $500 million in stock, denied minority stakeholders

Suit: Juul founders sold $500 million in stock, denied minority stakeholders

January 16, 2020

Juul Labs’ founders used a $12.8 billion investment from Altria Group to enrich themselves, according to a minority shareholder.

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Bill to ban flavors in vapor products in New Jersey sitting on Governor’s desk

Bill to ban flavors in vapor products in New Jersey sitting on Governor’s desk

January 16, 2020

New Jersey lawmakers voted on Monday to ban flavored vapor products in an effort to reduce youth tobacco use.

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China-based Relx Technology to open 10,000 stores worldwide in next 3 years

China-based Relx Technology to open 10,000 stores worldwide in next 3 years

January 13, 2020

Relx Technologies opened its first retail store in January 2019. Today, it operates more than 1,400 stores across 300 cities in China. Relx announced its plans during the opening of a flagship store in Shanghai.

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Vape shop owner says 90% of business is open-tank systems

Vape shop owner says 90% of business is open-tank systems

January 13, 2020

Ohio vape shop owner mirrors many others when he says that open-tank vapor systems are by far the core of his business. Consumers are relieved they will still be able to buy the products they say have been their key to quitting smoking.

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Closed pod flavor ban to take effect on Feb. 6, tobacco and menthol exempt

Closed pod flavor ban to take effect on Feb. 6, tobacco and menthol exempt

January 10, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed on Tuesday its notice in the Federal Register that bans all flavors, except tobacco and menthol, for closed-pod systems.

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Claim that e-cigarettes 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes disputed

Claim that e-cigarettes 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes disputed

January 9, 2020

Researchers dismiss the claim that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than combustible cigarettes as a “factoid.”

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Juul Labs taps Cartwright to lead restructuring team; promotes Sinha as interim CFO

Juul Labs taps Cartwright to lead restructuring team; promotes Sinha as interim CFO

January 8, 2020

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc has named Chief Financial Officer Guy Cartwright as its chief transformation officer, a company spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

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Public hearing coming for proposed flavor ban in US state of Rhode Island

Public hearing coming for proposed flavor ban in US state of Rhode Island

January 8, 2020

Rhode Island health officials ay they will hold a public hearing on proposed regulations to permanently ban the sale of flavored vaping products in the state.

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TPE 2020 to feature new attendee and exhibitor programming based on product

TPE 2020 to feature new attendee and exhibitor programming based on product

January 7, 2020

Tobacco Plus Expo 2020 (TPE 2020), the first major B2B tradeshow of the year for the tobacco and alternative industries is implementing the TPE Connect program. Through this online platform, attendees and exhibitors are matched together based on product, and can schedule meetings.

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Vapor industry bracing for PMTAs; tobacco stocks rise on flavor ban announcement

Vapor industry bracing for PMTAs; tobacco stocks rise on flavor ban announcement

January 6, 2020

Vapor industry representatives, are expressing concern over the US Food and Drug Administration’s determination that makers of the nicotine liquids are manufacturers and thus required to submit PMTAs by May 12.

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US FDA issues policy prioritizing enforcement against certain flavored e-cigarette products

US FDA issues policy prioritizing enforcement against certain flavored e-cigarette products

January 2, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions.

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US FDA expected to ban all flavors except tobacco and menthol in pod-based systems

US FDA expected to ban all flavors except tobacco and menthol in pod-based systems

January 1, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban the sale of fruity flavors in cartridge-based e-cigarettes, but the restriction won’t apply to tank vaping systems commonly found at vape shops, according to people familiar with the matter.

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RELX introduces facial recognition technology to curb youth vapor use

RELX introduces facial recognition technology to curb youth vapor use

December 30, 2019

E-cigarette manufacturer RELX Technology is deploying facial-recognition technology to prevent underage access to its products.

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Shenzhen lays off 50,000 workers as e-cigarette restrictions tighten globally

Shenzhen lays off 50,000 workers as e-cigarette restrictions tighten globally

December 30, 2019

China’s e-cigarette industry has laid off an estimated 50,000 people, or roughly 10 percent of its workforce, since October, according to the Electronic Cigarette Industry Committee.

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Age to purchase all nicotine vapor and tobacco products raised to 21 across US

Age to purchase all nicotine vapor and tobacco products raised to 21 across US

December 27, 2019

It’s official. You must now be 21 years old to purchase any nicotine vapor products. President Donald Trump signed a spending bill on Dec. 20 which included the age increase through statutory amendment. It takes effect immediately.

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BAT asked to end advertising of vapor products on social media app in UK

BAT asked to end advertising of vapor products on social media app in UK

December 18, 2019

The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority has ordered British American Tobacco to stop advertising its e-cigarettes on Instagram.

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US FDA wins vapor regulation fight challenging deeming rule

US FDA wins vapor regulation fight challenging deeming rule

December 18, 2019

The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has rejected arguments by a vapor manufacturer and an industry trade group that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and infringed on their First Amendment rights by creating a difficult pathway to premarket authorization and prohibiting free sample distribution of vaping products.

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Vapor companies complain about S. Korea government’s anti-vaping stance

Vapor companies complain about S. Korea government’s anti-vaping stance

December 16, 2019

A controversy is brewing over the legal basis of the Korean government’s recommendation to refrain from using e-liquid. The government blames recent lung illnesses caused by vitamin e acetate on nicotine vapor products. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said all illnesses in the US are related to THC-based vapor products, not nicotine.

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